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Part-Time Course Structure

The course consists of two core modules, one taken in Venice and one at Warwick, two option modules both taken at Warwick and a dissertation; this workload is spread out over 2 academic years, as opposed to one year for full time students. As part of this post graduate degree course, all students will spend a full university term in Venice (this is now optional), studying the city's art, history and culture together with postgraduate students from the Departments of History and History of Art. Full time students start their one-year course in Venice, however we feel that for our part time students, undertaking the Venice element in their second year would be more advantageous. The University's Venice base provides an excellent focus for our teaching and research activities in the city.

Back in Warwick, students who are familiar with Latin can further hone their reading skills through a weekly seminar in Renaissance Latin offered by the Centre in term two (of either year). The Centre also encourages its students to take advantage of language classes offered at Warwick for example in Italian, French, German, Latin and will cover the cost for one such module, taken through the relevant language department, although not through Warwick's Language Centre.

The part time course structure can potentially be modified to suit specific student needs, but this type of bespoke arrangement needs to be discussed with and agreed by, our Director Dr Teresa Grant ( and Director of Graduate Studies (DGS), Dr Aysu Dincer ( The typical course structure is thus:

Year One

Term 1: Option Module (Warwick). Sample option modules can be seen HERE.

Term 2: Core Module (Warwick) Renaissance Culture and Society. This module also includes a series of skills sessions, for instance in palaeography (English, Latin or Italian), bibliography, and the use of online databases

Year Two

Term 1. Core Module (Venice) Order and Disorder: Culture, Society, and Religion in Renaissance Venice

You will also be offered the opportunity to audit* the History of Art module, Research in Medieval and/or Early Modern Art/Architectural History.

Italian tuition (optional) will also be offered to students whilst in Venice, at no extra cost

Term 2: Option Module (Warwick). Sample options as above or here

Term 3: Dissertation


There are no final examinations on the MA programme. Our aim is to develop your research and writing skills to the point where you are able to present cogent, complex and original arguments based on your research of images, buildings, artefacts, documents and other primary sources.

To this end, each individual module is assessed through essays. You will write four essays in total, linked to the modules that you have chosen to study. The four module essays (each of 5,000 words), and the extensive feedback you will receive for them, will equip you to write and research your dissertation.

During the Summer term (typically April-July) and over the summer vacation, students work closely with their supervisor on researching and writing their dissertation on a topic related to their studies on the course. During this time you will be requested to submit one chapter (literature review) at the end of year 2/term 2, and a further chapter in May. The dissertation, which is 15,000 words long, will be due for submission in September. You will receive close one-to-one tuition from members of staff to guide you through your programme of research and writing.

The final mark for the degree is calculated according to the following weighting: the dissertation is equal to one third of the mark; the four module essays together make up two-thirds of the mark..

*Auditing a module allows a student to take a class for which no assessment of the performance of the student is made nor grade awarded. A student who audits a course does so for the purposes of self-enrichment and academic exploration. This option is offered ONLY on a space-available basis with the approval of the class tutor / personal tutor or DGS.